Letter: Bring more ATV riders to Oneida County by John Knudsen
I have lived here in the area my whole life and have seen many opportunities come and go to help the economy of Oneida County businesses. So my question is, how can the county come together now to bring in money from the growing family recreation in ATVing? It’s not a six-week to two-month money source for motels, restaurants and other businesses like snowmobiling, but a six to seven month source. We have plenty of trails that could be opened to ATVs (snowmobile trails). Both sources get money to maintain trails. Where snowmobile trails cross lakes, marshes, etc., couldn’t county or township roads be opened to get around? The county has a really nice ATV-friendly campground off Hwy. 17 S. It links up to Lincoln and Langlade county trails, which gives us in Oneida county places to go. But that trail does not encourage ATVers to come to Oneida county when it ends in a campground. For us in Oneida county, our money goes to those other counties. Let’s hope decisions are made to bring ATVers to Oneida county. My wife and I have become ATV riders only in the last five years and we are hoping this type of recreation will be a great opportunity for the area to bring people into the county. By the way, we are both in our late sixties and have ATVers throughout the state to be very considerate and aware of caring for their surroundings.
John Knudsen, Rhinelander